2022-2023 Leadership Dates
Retreat: Prude Ranch in Ft. Davis, TX
Saturday September 24 & Sunday September 25, 2022
Session 1: Government & Public Safety
Thursday, October 20, 2022 (8:00 – 5:00)
Session 2: History & Culture
Thursday, November 17, 2022 (8:00 – 5:00)
Session 3: Business & Industry
Thursday, December 15, 2022 (8:00 – 5:00)
Session 4: Medical Services
Thursday, January 19, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)
Session 5: Media & Education
Thursday, February 16, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)
Session 6: John Maxwell
Session 7: Social Services
Thursday, April 20, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)
Session 8: Graduation
Thursday, May 18, 2023 (6:30 PM)
Odessa Country Club
*Times may vary according to agendas*
Leadership Odessa always starts the day and ends the day at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, Suite 200 in the Bank of America Building.
Leadership Odessa is a program of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce that attracts a diverse group of businessmen and women. Each class is comprised of 40+ participants from a variety of sectors, including education, medical, small business, banking, industry, hospitality, and nonprofit.
The Leadership Odessa program is open to anyone who currently lives or works in Odessa, and whose organization is a Chamber Member. If you are new to Odessa, it’s the quickest way to get plugged into the community. If you’re familiar with Odessa, take this program to find out all the things you’ve been missing!
Who runs Leadership Odessa?
Although overseen by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Odessa is essentially a participant-run program. The previous year’s graduates put their new leadership skills to work immediately, organizing into committees and facilitating the incoming class’s activities. This passing of the leadership torch has been working beautifully since the program’s founding in 1978.
What kind of commitment would I be making?
In order to graduate, participants must attend seven of the nine day-long sessions.
As explained above, each graduating class is responsible for facilitating the incoming class’s year of activities. Additionally, several Leadership Odessa graduates are peer-nominated to oversee the coming year’s one-month Junior Leadership program for high school juniors.
Many lifelong friendships (and even a few marriages) have resulted from Leadership Odessa.
2021-2022 Leadership Odessa Class
Dr. Rohith Saravanan
Jeff Ashley - Ector County Appraisal District
Blas Campos – SouthWest Bank
Jason Cotton – Odessa Fire Rescue
Alexa Dunson – UT Permian Basin
Jim Dyal – Odessa Regional Medical Center
Jonathan Edwards - Permian Basin Metallurgical Laboratories
Bobby Florez – Frost Bank
Ruben Florez - Sparklight
Nicole Forbess – Complex Community Federal Credit Union
Cammie Laster – SouthWest Bank
Mandy Hinojos - ECISD
Sara Hinshaw - Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Elise Hutson – Sewell Family of Companies
Laura James – The James Firm
Michaela Johnson – Medical Center Health System
Brian Jones – Odessa College
Daniel Jones – City of Odessa
Lourdes Juarez – First Basin Credit Union
Erika Lay – Discover Odessa
Derek Matthes – United Supermarkets
Carlos Molinar - Sparklight
Heather Patton – Young Professionals of Odessa
Monica Quintero – Odessa Police Department
Gerardo Ramirez - ECISD
Ivette Ramirez – Ector County District Attorney’s Office
Reno Ramos – CVA Advertising & Marketing, Ltd.
Marissa Rossell – Sewell Family of Companies
Vicky Ruiz – City Bank
Chad Sandell – PrimeLending
Robert Turner – Odessa College Sewell Auto Technology
Kourtney West – Sewell Family of Companies
Dr. Kristin Whittenburg - ECISD
Kortney Williams – Ector County District Attorney’s Office